Dallstream's Overtime Goal Caps Winless Weekend for Cal

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Ninety minutes wasn't enough to settle things on Sunday, but in the 95th minute it was Washington State's Kiersten Dallstream who had the final say.

Dallstream could not find the net during play with nine shots, but her 10th was a penalty kick. The penalty was called when Cal's Miranda White took down Carly Dobratz in the box for her second yellow card of the game.

Dallstream then downed the Bears women's soccer team, 2-1, in overtime at Lower Soccer Field in Pullman, Wash.

Early on, things seemed to be turning around for Cal (8-7-1, 2-4-0 in the Pac-10), which entered the match on a three-game losing streak. In the 24th minute, Alex Morgan swung in a cross from the left side, and senior Katie Oakes got a touch on it before Lisa Kevorkian put it away for her fifth goal of the season.

But the momentum of the game was not in Cal's favor, as the Cougars (11-4-1, 3-1-1) dominated the offensive side of the game, outshooting the Bears, 18-8.

WSU found the equalizer in the 62nd minute, when White was issued her first caution of the game from about 20 yards out. This time, the Cougars' Jacquelyn Roth tied the match on a free kick.

The game was forced into overtime, where Dallstream put away the golden goal for her 13th score of the season.

For the second year in a row, Cal has come back from its conference trip to the state of Washington without a win, as the Bears also fell 1-0 to the Huskies (10-3-3, 2-1-2) on Friday night in Seattle.

In that game, Washington struck first in the 24th minute on a clean-up goal at Husky Soccer Field, and Cal never quite bounced back from it.

The Bears haven't done much of a job bouncing back from adversity in the last month either. After starting out 6-1, the Cal women's soccer team has fallen hard, going 2-6-1 over the last nine games.

Much like last year, the Bears have not captured enough wins in the Pac-10 to guarantee themselves a spot in the NCAA tournament.

With only three games left this season, Cal may have to win out to get in -- a challenge that will likely prove difficult, as the Bears face No. 1 and undefeated Stanford on Nov. 8.


Contact Joseph Cannon at [email protected]

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